Wedge International Tower
|WEDGE International Tower|
|Location||1415 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas, United States|
|Owner||WEDGE Commercial Properties|
|Roof||551 ft (168 m)|
|Floor area||520,000 sq ft (48,310 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Nasr/Penton & Associates, 3D/International|
|Developer||WEDGE Commercial Properties Corporation, Wortham & Van Liew|
|Structural engineer||EAM Engineers|
|Main contractor||W.S. Bellows Construction Corporation|
Wedge International Tower, usually capitalized as WEDGE International Tower, is a skyscraper in Houston, Texas. The building was formerly known as the Southwest Bank of Texas Building, Unitedbank Plaza, and 1415 Louisiana. The building rises 551 feet (168 m) in height. It contains 43 floors, and was completed in 1983. Wedge International Tower currently stands as the 21st-tallest building in the city. The architectural firms who jointly designed the building were 3D/International and Nasr/Penton & Associates. The building is currently named after its primary tenant, WEDGE Commercial Properties; the firm purchased the building in October 1994 at a price between US$25 million and $45 million, and the structure serves as its corporate headquarters. In 1989 Exxon had office space in the Wedge International Tower.
Wedge International Tower is noted for having four setbacks in its shape, and for its distinctive lighting scheme, which has been in place since November 1995. The tower was once outlined by neon green-colored lights, inspired by similar lighting on the Bank of America Plaza, the tallest building in Dallas.
Wedge International Tower was the site of a fire in August 1993, which was caused by an electrical fault and damaged the upper floors of the building. There were no fatalities in the incident.
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